Monday, January 17, 2011


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Historical Tour de Genre hosted by Bitsy Bling Books

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January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011

  • Since this is a tour, the idea is to read at least one book from each sub-category. Of course, you'll be the envy of all if you read more and can do multiple 'laps' around the track.
  • You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also, if you do list them upfront you can change them, no bigger. The idea is to have fun. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have, because let's face it -- your eyes would fall out of your head otherwise.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
Here are the required categories. You can sub 2 with alternatives if you prefer, but the total to finish a tour is 6 books from different sub-genres. I've also added links for book browsing and suggestions (visit the sign up post to access the links for ideas).

Historical Mystery/Whodunnit/Gas-Lit Century/Victorian
A novel of revelation, with action more mental than physical- like a puzzle. A significant event, usually a murder, has just occurred, and the protagonist's job is to discover who committed the crime, and why.

Other Suggestions: The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox, Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke, Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison

Historical Horror
Its only true requirement is that it elicit an emotional reaction that includes some aspect of fear or dread.

Other Suggestions: Dracula (any version), The Cries of Vampire by Sean H. Robertson, West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer

Historical Romance or Regency
A novel that focuses on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. Regency: Regency England or European continent.

Other Suggestions: Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig, Philippa Gregory

Historical Young Adult
Written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 14 to 21 yrs.

Other Suggestions: Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, Duchessina, Mary Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer

Historical Plantation
A settlement in a new country or region that includes an agricultural estate usually worked by resident labor. Depicts life on a plantation/setting.

Other suggestions: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James, Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn, The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

Historical Thriller
A story in which the audience is waiting for something significant to happen. The reader experiences a vicarious thrill by identifying with the hero and the danger he faces, becoming a participant in the chase. Usually depicts crime, mystery, or espionage in an atmosphere of excitement and suspense.

Other Suggestions: The Westminster Poisoner by Susanna Gregory, Bravo Jubilee by Charlie Owen, Pelegia and the Red Rooster by Boris Akunin

Alternative Sub-genres: Can sub twice for any of the above

Historical GLBT - Include social, romance or conflict w/Gay, Lesbain, Bisexual, Tran. characters

Historical Fantasy - Where magic/ phenomena is primary, alternative worlds, myths and legends

Historical Western - Set mostly in 19th c. American Old West or conflict between native/settler

Historical Paranormal - Include envents impossible to explain by known natural forces or by science

Historical True Crime - Examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. May include examining political assassinations, well-known unsolved murders, or deaths of celebrities.

My list:

1. The Mischief of the Mistletoe--Lauren Willig (Regency)
2. A Game of Thrones--George R.R. Martin (Historical Fantasy)
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Young Adult)
4. What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen (mystery) no review
5. Eromenos by Melanie McDonald (GLBT)
6. Invisible Sun by S.J. Davis (Horror)

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